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A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martin Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer, and teacher whose work, both written and oral, brings to life the pre-modern subtleties of any living language. His life, well documented in his books, has taken him from the Pueblo Indian reservation in New Mexico, where he grew up, to the Guatemalan village of Santiago Atitlan, where he was the student and eventual successor of a powerful shaman. Eventually Prechtel became a principal member of the village body of spiritual leaders, responsible for introducing the young people to the meanings of their ancient stories and guiding them through their long rituals of initiation. Today Martin Prechtel lives once again in his native New Mexico and is active as a writer, teacher, speaker, musician, and healer. Using ceremony, language, story, and healing he helps people in many lands reconnect with a sense of place, a sense of the daily sacred, and their search for the Indigenous Soul.
"Once in a decade you read a book that, for a time, renders all other books irrelevant, trivial or extraneous--Stealing Benefacio's Roses is one of these peak moments in recent literature."--Richard Grossinger " Once in a decade you read a book that, for a time, renders all other books irrelevant, trivial or extraneous-- "Stealing Benefacio's Roses" is one of these peak moments in recent literature." -- Richard Grossinger